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The Hungry Are Dying : Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia - Susan R. Holman

The Hungry Are Dying

Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia

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Published: 1st August 2001
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This study examines the theme of poverty in the fourth-century sermons of Basil of Caesarea, Gregory Nazianzen, and Gregory Nysson. These sermons are especially important for what they tell us about the history of poverty relief and the role of fourth century Christian theology in constructing the body of the redemptive, involuntary poor. Some of the topics explored include the contextualization of the poor in scholarship, the poor in late antiquity, and starvation and famine dynamics. In exploring this relationship between cultural context and theological language, this volume offers a broad and fresh overview of these little-studied texts.

"This is a wonderful book, written with clarity and passion. Enjoyable for general reader, it will be invaluable for upper-division undergraduate and all levels of graduate courses on patristic theology, the social history of late antiquity, and Christianity and poverty."-- The Journal of Religion "This is a wonderful book, written with clarity and passion. Enjoyable for general reader, it will be invaluable for upper-division undergraduate and all levels of graduate courses on patristic theology, the social history of late antiquity, and Christianity and poverty."-- The Journal of Religion "Contemporary theologians and contemporary churches need a history of social justice, one that not only illuminates overlooked resources, but also avoids naïve anachronisms. Holman has illuminated one key chapter of that history. Her analysis will be of interest not only to patristic scholars but to all interested in the history of ethics."-William Harmless, Church History

Abbreviations
Introduction: Placing the Poorp. 3
Leitourgia and the Poor in the Early Christian Worldp. 31
Hunger: Famine, Relief, and Identity in Basil's Cappadociap. 64
Penury and Divine Gift: The Poor as Fiscal Bodyp. 99
Diseased and Holy: The Peri Philoptochias Sermons and the Transforming Bodyp. 135
Conclusion: Between Courtyard and Altarp. 168
Basil of Caesarea, "In Time of Famine and Drought"p. 183
Gregory of Nyssa, "On the Love of the Poor" 1: "On Good Works"p. 193
Gregory of Nyssa, "On the Love of the Poor" 2: "On the Saying, 'Whoever Has Done It to One of These Has Done It to Me'"p. 199
Select Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780195139129
ISBN-10: 0195139127
Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st August 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 15.65  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.46